By The Hair Studio, Feb 7 2020 08:59PM
It's all personal preference, and it starts with a client consultation!
What is the difference?
Gel Polish does not dry; it cures!
~ A very thin-viscosity gel that is usually pigmented and cured under a UV or LED light.
~ Self-leveling, thinner consistency, more flexible, and does not chip.
Dip Powder does not dry; it sets!
~ A powder similar to acrylic that comes in a variety of colors and is set using a thin layer of activator brushed over the nail.
~ Self-hardening, colored acrylic, more durable, and does not chip.
Most Commonly Asked Questions:
~ Better? Gel Polish? Dip Powder?
When asked this question, there are several things to consider. If the nails are kept shorter, not far past the tip of your finger the gel polish is a good option. The dip powder is a better option if you are wanting to grow out your natural nails. The dip powder is stronger and more durable as the nail grows out.
~ Wearable? Gel Polish? Dip Powder?
When choosing between the gel polish and the dip powder, lifestyle is a major factor. Gel polish and dip powder wear about the same. Gel polish is more flexible, where as the dip powder is more durable.
~ Longevity? Gel Polish? Dip Powder?
The longevity of a gel polish or dip set depends on two things: the prep and application which is the responsibility of the technician and how hard the client is on their nails. The nail technicians goal in the prep process is to remove all natural oils that the nail bed produces. Once the oils are all removed from the nail bed, the set should last 3-4 times longer than regular polish. If the client is rough on their nails, they may need to come back for a new set more frequently.
Some have found that the gel polish will not last on their nails because their nails produce too much oil. If this is the case give the dip powder a try, and vice verse.
~ Removal? Gel Polish? Dip Powder?
With both the gel polish and dip powder systems, it is important that they are not just ripped off. Both systems have adhered to the natural nail. Ripping the set off will take layers of the nail with it, making the natural nail very thin and prone to break. Both the gel polish and the dip powder are soak off systems. All it takes is some acetone and cotton. The soak off can take some time, but in the end, the health of the natural nail is not effected.
~ Time? Gel Polish? Dip Powder?
A gel polish and dip powder application take a little longer than the normal manicure because the prep process is so important. Once the top coat of a gel polish manicure is cured, the polish is dry. With a dip powder manicure, the top coat is dry in 2-3 minutes.